6th Gear

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Well-ahead of their class, this teenage six-piece vocal group surges with potential on their debut disc. Like the groups they admire, Sixth Gear focuses on harmony, comedy, and variety. In this case, harmony is the winner; these fellas can blend parts like nobody's business, at an age when most males are discovering new vocal ranges daily. They are a good-natured bunch with straight-laced energy. The "trumpet" solo in "Six Words Long" must be fun on stage. Serious accord doesn't stop this troupe from drawing a few laughs: "Ode to Scoob" is the parody of "In the Still of the Night" you always wanted to hear -- you can only imagine the verses swaying to "Scoo-doo Scooby doo." A couple of hit-and-miss moments leave some room for these guys to grow. While "Humpty Dumpty Medley" resembles the popular antics of the BYU Men's Chorus, it isn't much of a fit between pop hits and oldies. You can't blame the guys for their rendition of "Barely Breathing," which is a noteworthy recording. Despite their tight chord changes, it's just one of those songs that was meant to be driven by guitar, not voice. Nevertheless, Sixth Gear knows how to turn it into overdrive with their powerhouse voices.

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